I think we’ve finally made it to Spring. The calendar said it was spring a few weeks ago, but the weather just caught on and I believe it is all good from here. There is still snow and ice in the shadier parts of the woods, but I noticed this west-facing hillside as I drove along a road that gets enough sun so there was only a bit of the white stuff around.
Initially it was my intention to visit some vernal pools and, hopefully, find some sign of salamander or newt activity. But on Rattlesnake Gutter Road, which is named for the geological feature that had snakes rather than disemboweling them, there was still a lot of ice and snow and the pools were partially frozen so a few more days remaining for the migration and mating. As for “Gutter”, see this post by Steve Schwartzman concerning the roots of the word.
With no herps to shoot, I settled for this view of trees in a diagonal lineup. I liked that aspect as well as the others just behind in a second line.
This is a less than attractive time of the year. What snow remains is dirty and covered with fallen debris from the trees. The ground is soggy and only the moss offers any hint of greenery. But it will just be a few days or a week or two for the arrival of ephemerals.